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Flue Systems

We’re a retailer and installer of bespoke twin wall flue, flexible flue liner and chimney systems from the leading flue manufacturers from around the world to compliment our fireplace and stove installations.

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Chimney stack view with scaffolding by Bonfire

Bespoke Flues and fans

Here at Bonfire, we can bespoke make flue systems and gas fire fans for complex projects and configure the best efficiency and safest route for your flue. We commonly work in London where areas can usually be tight and regulations can be more strict. We also use articulated lifts or scaffolding that allow us to reach chimneys that we otherwise would not be accessible via ladder.

Twin Wall Flue Systems

Bonfire are fully HETAS approved specifically for twin wall flue installations by HETAS (This is a separate qualification) and so can sign off the installation on behalf of the building inspector to fully satisfy the law and of course your house insurers.

External stainless steel twin wall flue by Bonfire

Stainless Steel Twin Wall Flue

Black Twin Wall Flue

About our Twin Wall

Our twin wall flue pipe is a metal tube (flue) insulated with approx. an inch of insulation (two layers of stainless steel with insulation between). Stainless and black powder coated systems are fully interchangeable. The insulation is necessary to keep the gases hot. Twin Wall flue still gets hot on the outside, lets us use our experience to ensure you and your family stay safe.

Bonfire can do any colour you want whether to match a paint colour or timber cladding so you can be assured of the best performing and best value solution for your application.

Twin Wall FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Twin wall flue systems are used with a stove when it is fitted into a property where there is no masonry chimney. It can run internally or externally and it achieves higher temperatures due to the layer of insulation. You cannot use single wall flue pipe in place of twin wall flue pipe.

If you need to exit the room, whether out through a wall or through a ceiling then you must use twin wall flue pipe and then stay with twin wall flue pipe to the cowl (unless going into a chimney higher up). Twin wall flue pipe should always be kept a minimum of Xcm from any combustible materials.

The benefits are that you can heat the flue quicker when lighting the stove, improving the draw and getting the stove up to temperature quicker. Not so important if you have the stove lit all day, however if you are only lighting it for a few hours at night, it would be a benefit.

By using a twin wall insulated flue system, an existing chimney is no longer required to be fitted in the flue system and the stove can be easily installed almost anywhere you want. A twin wall flue pipe is usually a system of two layers stainless steel pipes having about 25mm of insulation tightly sandwiched between them.

Since the chimney is no longer needed while using a twin wall flue pipe, flues can be easily installed, maintained and manoeuvred through a wall or ceiling. If the area does not have an existing chimney, then this type of flue pipe is eminent for appliances using oil, wood or any other solid fuel.

All appliances having a twin wall flue pipe system are placed at the apex which is the topmost point of the roof. If not done so, there could be a down draft resulting in pushing the smoke back to the stove and all inside the room causing serious discomfort to the user.

There are no real benefits to having twinwall over single skin flue pipe other than the safety aspects / aesthetics . Most twinwall has a minimum distance to combustibles of between 50-70mm so generally it is much easier to meet these requirements vs single skin pipe (3 x diameter of pipe – minimum distance to combustibles). Single skin pipe can be secured in the same way as twinwall can (with clamps and wall brackets) and will be considerably cheaper.

Your twin wall flue should have a label with it which will show the distance to combustibles on it. … Twin wall flue can get hot enough on the outside so that you would not want to keep your hand on it for very long but will not normally get much hotter than that so you might not think this is too much of a problem.

Based in Reading, Berkshire, we install our twin wall flue systems for the whole South East of England including London. If you’re located outside of this area, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Flexible Flue Liner

Our flexible flue liner is designed for re-lining an existing masonry chimney. Flexible flue liners are manufactured with two skins of stainless steel 316 L or 904L and are suitable for gas, oil and multi-fuel, including wood burning appliances where the maximum flue gas temperature does not exceed 600°C.

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Chimney maintenance by Bonfire

Stainless Steel Flexible Flue Liner

About our Flexible Flue Liner

Generous overlap on wound stainless foil inner skin, this ensures the liner stays sealed and safe as it travels round bends. Cheaper flues have less overlap to save on stainless steel!

Double crimped outer skin, this ensures that the flexible flue liner stays together as it is drawn down the chimney. If a flue is going to get damaged or come apart it will be as its being pulled down the chimney.

Bonfire are fully HETAS approved specifically for flexible flue liner installations by HETAS (This is a separate qualification) and so can sign off the installation on behalf of the building inspectorate to fully satisfy the law and of course your house insurers.

Flexible Flue Liner FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

There are three principle reasons you may need a chimney liner:

  • Because your chimney has no clay tile chimney liner (older chimneys may not)
  • The clay tile chimney liner is damaged
  • A chimney liner is required for optimal performance and safety because you are installing a new heating unit (stove or furnace) that will be vented into your masonry chimney.

Chimney liners and flue liners are stainless steel liners which, when installed into a masonry chimney, produce a continuous and unbroken flue from appliance or fire to outlet. This prevents flue gasses escaping though disintegrating brickwork and provides the optimum flue diameter for the appliance.

The answer to this question depends on the type of chimney liner you have.

Clay tile liners and cast in place liners –  Typically last around 50 years.

Stainless steel flue liners – Generally last for 15 to 20 years (though low quality liners may not even last for five).

Installation – Flexible liners are easier to install than the rigid variety. The single length of flexible liners makes it easier to fit into the chimney.

Versatility -The adjustable length of flexible liners is great for taller chimneys or chimneys that may have contours or even just slight bends.

Less Creosote – Flexible flue liners accumulate less creosote than the rigid flue liners, especially when used on wood fireplaces and stoves. The flexing process loosens the creosote and causes it to fall off.

Easier Maintenance – One of the factors that create regular chimney cleaning and maintenance work is the accumulation of creosote. Flexible liners prevent much buildup of creosote.

Higher Safety – Installing a flexible liner is a great way of minimizing the risk of a chimney fire.

Improves Chimney Draft – Less buildup of creosote from a flexible liner improves the chimney draft. This enhances chimney efficiency.

Adds to Home Value – The various benefits of flexible flue liners improve chimney efficiency. An efficient chimney is a significant consideration in home valuation.

Based in Reading, Berkshire, we install our flexible flue liner systems for the whole South East of England including London. If you’re located outside of this area, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Commercial Flue Systems

Due to our company infrastructure, we have the capacity for larger scale commercial flue systems for stoves and fires within the United Kingdom. These flue systems could be bespoke made to fit a complex project or to create a more efficient flue. We offer detailed knowledge and advice for all of our commercial clientele with after care support. Enquire with our team today for a commercial flue survey for fires or stoves.

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